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's trading action this week, even as we wait for the fiscal cliff. speaking of all wet, is washington throwing the fiscal cliff talks down. >> held hostage, the head of a california company tells lawmakers what he thinks about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm brad adams and the ceo of sun stone component group in california. if the politicians in washington don't get this situation resolved, undoubtedly there will be a downturn in economic activity and a direct impact to our business. it's a very severe situation. treat this as an economic problem and stop playing politics and take leadership for the situation and get it resolved. . excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. to the
be a whole lot of pressure on washington to act, even if we were to go over the fiscal cliff. and because of that, payroll processors would wait to use the new math, if you will. and a lot of people wouldn't see an increase in the taxes taken out of their paychecks until late january or early february when it was clear that the fiscal cliff was here to stay. >> brianna, i am not by nature a jealous person at all. but are you in waikiki? is that waikiki? because i was just there for thanksgiving. >> reporter: not too bad, huh? >> i'm hating you to so much right now. congratulations on that assignment. brianna keilar. protests in the streets. police turned water can nons on men, women and children outraged over a brutal attack. and a former u.s. marine has been set free in mexico. but an american businessman has been held for over a year, charged with ties to organized crime. he says his life is on the line. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real
. >>> and now, to the fiscal cliff. and we are just about to go over the edge. congress has left for the holidays. if they don't get a deal done soon, tax increases and budget cuts will hit after the first of the year. earlier, republican congressman, steve la tourette said the president has been too focused on tax cuts for the rich. but he did leave the door open a little. >> i'm okay, you president, you can tax the rich people. but come up with some spending cuts, we're borrowing $1 trillion a year and he has not. >> indiana senator joe lieberman said he's more pessimistic than he's ever been that a deal will get done. >> in the aftermath of the house republicans rejecting speaker boehner's so-called plan b, the first time that i feel that it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that, if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history. >> leaders from both sides are expected back in washington on thursday. in india. growing demonstrations after a 23-yea
obama is packing his bags, heading back to washington to try to forge a deal on the fiscal cliff, with just six days left to negotiate, a deal to avoid the catastrophic cliff, the president will leave hawaii tonight to try to work on a bargain between democrats and republicans. brianna keilar is traveling with the president in hawaii and joins us now. good morning, brianna. did the president cut his vacation short or was it planned all along? >> reporter: he did cut his vacation short from what was initially planned which was to go through the new year, so yes, he cut it short. i think we have a sense he might be heading back to d.c., carol, you'll recall when talks fell apart last week between house speaker john boehner and the president as the president departed for hawaii he talked to reporters in the briefing room and he said "see you next week" so i think we had a sense he would be coming back earlier than initially planned and it was just a matter of when, not if, and he'll be heading back tonight, that's local time so he'll be traveling overnight, it's quite a long flight,
for a solution in washington. we are just four days away from falling off the fiscal cliff. >> we're all so interested in the all important weekend forecast. let's check in with erica. >> we are starting to see more called stream in. here on storm tracker for a lot rain is in the north bay. but a lot of the more usher is not hitting the ground. you still may run into a sprinkle in certain spots. the rain should arrive sometime in the area. as we take a look at the satellite and radar pitcher this system is impacting parts of of the bay area. i will walk you through future cast 4 in my next report. >> bart is reported that they are having major delays because of a piece of equipment is stuck on the tracks. this will affect people who are heading to s f o. this is between these two stations that a disabled train is on the track. this is a resort to a major the lead. this is likely going to affect you if you are using barred from downtown san francisco or from the east bay. you might want to the ball on alternate plans. they have not given us an indication on how long the delay is. when bart s
cliff, "washington post" frontpage this morning, the tea party largely silenced on fiscal cliff. some in the movement feel that no voice on the core issue. paige, ibm member. does religion influence of politics? caller: religion does influence politics. not mine, per say, but i watched c-span all the time and my comment is religion, like with the palestinians and the jewish conflict over there, why do you guys never bring up that israel was purchased for those people over there? it is almost like a pilgrim and indian situation. host: what does this have to do with this? caller: it is all about christianity and muslim. almost like the old school crusades. host: ok, all right. camp hill, pennsylvania. republican caller. caller: i would like to comment that in the democratic national convention, god was taken out of the platform and when he was put back in it took three votes and when it was put back in, they booed god, which means to me the democratic party is a godless party. with the reelection of president obama, the slaughter of innocent unborn babies will continue. we have a presid
on a plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" today. but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is getting itchy for an agreement. its employees are writing "come together" on coffee cups to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's democratic governor will replace daniel inoue to represent the state of hawaii in washington, d.c. inouye died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died, the late senator wrote to the governor asking for representative colleen hanabusa to replay him. she made it to the final round of considerations but didn't win that nomination. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital with a fever and lingering cough. mr. bush was admitted to the hospital more than a month ago with bronchitis. he was moved to icu sunday. a bush family spokesman says t
to washington next week because of the so-called fiscal cliff. legislators left washington without a deal that would avoid cutting government services on january 1st. >> a portion of interstate 80 heading to the sierra was shut down today after a series of storm related spinouts. the highway patrol shut the highway down this morning from colfax to the nevada state line. this is what it looked like this afternoon where you see a detour prompting cars to exit the freeway and turn around. at times the interstate looked more like a parking lot. >> try to get to tahoe for christmas and we saw a small sign that says road closed and thought day were kidding. but they weren't. >> the interstate eventually reopened this afternoon, the most powerful winter storm of the season is on track to drop as much as 5 feet of snow on top of the sierra. here's what it looked like earlier at squaw valley. as much as 12 inches of snow is forecast for the foot hills around reno, carson city. >> the highway patrol is looking for the driver who crashed an suv in oakland this morning. the vehicle careened off inter
'll be a perfect fit. let's get to work. >>> so far the fiscal cliff debate in washington has focused largely on taxes, tax rates, how much the wealthiest 1% or 2% americans will see their tax rates go up. tax hikes on the rich alone will not put all that much of a dent in the national deficit. could you take away every dollar from the top 1% of earners and it wouldn't fill the gap. we heard about chained cpi, a suggestion john boehner made for his proposal. i want to bring in christine romans to break this down. >> chained cpi would change the way the federal government calculate inflation. which could possibly save the government $300 billion over the next decade if implemented. normally every year, wages and prices go up. the consumer price index, the cpi measures how much they go up by tracking a basket of goods that americans typically buy. it's important, it's used to calculate cost of living adjustments on social security. checks pay a little more each year in line with inflation, as calculated by the cpi. now one potential flaw in the system, cpi assumes people don't change their bask
-stakes meeting will be held in washington this afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. if they have only four days to reach an agreement. the u.s. economy will grow over the so-called " fiscal cliff. " that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts could take effect. retain a deal before then will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of a house representatives are watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told the president that i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have made months ago. democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making too much and $50,000 or more a year. many re
.c. and some starbucks in washington, d.c. deciding to jump right into this whole fiscal cliff debate. coffee baristas are -- they've been told to write on coffee cups to say "come together." so they're writing this handwritten message saying come together as a way of encouraging politicians to come together and get this fiscal cliff cliff thing done. no word yet on when people get extra lattes, where they can write get your lazy ass off vacation. >> willis likes that a lot more. >> i womdzer if there's enough room. >> if you're looking for love, you better have a good credit score. take a look at this. ♪ >> okay, yeah. we're not going to say we're going after those guys, but it's the credit score guys. "the new york times" is reporting that credit scores is huge and that could be at the top of the list. they interviewed people across the u.s., and a newspaper discovered a low credit score is a deal breaker in search of love. so if you don't have your act together, take care of that and maybe you'll find love. >> can you imagine, hi, how are you? what is your credit score? >> 420. no, mine
. >> will there be progress or paralysis? the fiscal cliff is big talk in washington. i'm tracey mitchell. all of the details, just ahead. >> a port strike could paralyze the eastern seaboard. i'm kim dacey with details [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm jennifer franciotti. meteorologist ava marie has a quick look at the forecast, which includes snow. >> tomorrow includes snow but today it is quiet. 33 at the airport with winds west at 3 miles an hour. temperatures across the metro area -- 34 in pasadena. 33 in edgewood. highs in the upper 30's to the low 40's. much less win. it makes all the difference. and you will not have to worry about the concerns to to the strong winds yesterday. but the approaching storm could bring accumulating snow. i will have the snow map when we come back. >> the clock is ticking on the fiscal cliff. the deadline just four days away. the president has cut his vacation short and they will meet sunday for a rare session to negotiate a comprom
. >> president owe pa ma returns to washington today with five days to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it's up to senate leadership to reach a deal. >>> starbucks is urging action asking baristas in his washington, d.c., cafes to write the word "come together" on the cups. >> a new york newspaper facing backlash after it published the names and addresses of local gun owners. >>> a busy shanghai shopping center a shark tank exploded. >>> the windy city of chicago will sport america's most expensive parking meters. >> what do you think about that? >> too much. >> all that -- >> smith catches, shoots puts it up, puts it in at the buzzer! j.r. smith with another game winner! >>> what is your favorite app? >> scrabble. >> sometimes i want to yank that out of your hands. >> and all that matters. >> an endangered thin backed whale watched up on the breezy point section of queens. >> on "cbs this morning." >> i know he's smiling but that medal hanging around his neck there's a 40% chance he'll hang himself with it. captionin
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over washington's ability to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." the president will cut his christmas vacation short to head back to the negotiating table. time is running out huge tax hikes and spending cuts threaten to push the economy into recession. no specifickings for how the senate and house plan to tackle the work tomorrow. >> new taxes to pay for the affordable healthcare act will take effect january 1 but the average american won' see a difference. the wealthiest 2% of americans and had healthcare industry will pay the tab mostly. >>> the standard & poor's kay schiller national index of house sales shows prices are up 4.3% in october up from 3% annual gain in september. >>> starbucks has its own plan to encourage lawmakers to reach a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee giant surging employees in some of its 120 washington area shops to write the words, come together on cups of java. let's send it back to you. >> thank you. >>> looks like shoppers just weren't in the holiday spirit this year. >> holiday sales growth was the weakest since 2008. one report put the increase at
. whether or not washington will solve the worries about the so-called fiscal cliff approaching quickly. here is a look at the dow. 13,100 even. most of the dow components are under pressure. hewlett-packard doing well and bank of america in the financial round. it really is being laid upon by the retailers. i no adam shapiro will add on to that. there is a look at some movers. michael cores down over 6%. tracy: i was in the balls this weekend. lori: crowded theater not like i thought it would be. adam shapiro in the newsroom with the details. i thought it was way busier last year than it was this weekend. >> no. here are some numbers. for the period of october to eight and december 24, sales grew. in 2011, sales for that period of time grew 2%. they are using that as an indicator that things will not be as good as we thought going into the holiday shopping season. on monday, shopper track indicated and revise their outlook for the holiday spending growth from 3.3% down to 2.5%. the only holdout is the national retail federation. it is saying that they still expect growth this holiday s
's a renewed sense of surgeon sidelines with the fiscal cliff crisis in washington d.c. she just got off the phone with the white house where president obama is going to meet with congressional leaders today. >> yeah there are new reports this hour that president obama will have a scaled back offer at that meeting in a few hours but i did just get off the phone with the white house and they tell me there is no new information to report right now harry reid and mitch mcdonnell and nancy will be at that meeting. this could be the last chance to find terms they can all agree to and take back to their respective parties. the president and senate got back to work yesterday. the house got the call to return sunday night. >> the senate minority leader says he is willing to work with the president but is upset lawmakers waited this long i'm frustrated because we have been asking them to work with us on a agreement for months. literally for months. >> a vote has to be taken by monday or automatic income tax increases and government spending cuts will kick in on tuesday. >>> american families wil
't the answer to gun violence and that problem. >>> to washington now and the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. actually, there really aren't any negotiations now. the president is in hawaii. we're in a bit of a holding pattern as both sides dig in their heels. the middle class and small businesses were the focus during the presidential campaign. but, now, they stand to be the biggest losers as the battle in washington pushes us closer to that cliff. cnn's emily schmidt has more. >> go on. >> reporter: there are people who make overcoming obstacles even those towering 40 vertical feet high look easy. these rock climbers the heart of the climbing center business. >> i think with climbing, you have to trust your partner and you have to know that they're holding your rope. >> reporter: this takes team work which is why she's frustrated of another cliff looming in washington. >> so much uncertainty, not just for me as a business owner but for our members and our clientele. >> reporter: with negotiations stalled, she has put plans to expand her business on hold. she's worried because going over the
? >> somebody told me. >> the fiscal cliff hanger in washington, d.c. is our lead item here. with just three days before the deadline. senators working on an 11th-hour deal to try to avoid middle-class tax hikes and deep spending cuts that go into effect on the 1st of the new year. president obama is pushing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to reach an agreement. >>> and help may be on the way for victims of hurricane sandy. the senate approved a spending bill worth $60 billion. the measure heads to the house where some republican lawmakers are hesitating to approve the bill in the final days of the current session. >>> and in maine, the first same-sex couples are legally exchanging vows today. the new law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect at midnight, 12:01 a.m. today. some ceremonies were held overnight. same-sex marriage became legal in maryland on tuesday. become legal on tuesday. >>> and finally, talk about living on the edge. in massachusetts, several homes on plum island are in danger of plunging into the atlantic ocean. thursday's storms and pounding waves are threate
wallace, talks to avert the fiscal cliff st washington debates how to prevent more mass murders. ♪ >> chris: with nine days to go is it possible to make a deal to head off big tax increases, and spending cuts? we'll ask two senate leaders, republican john barrasso, and, democrat, kent conrad. then, as the nation mourns the victims of the newtown school shooting, we turn to a man of faith. for some answers. in these trying times he sees the need for a spiritual awakening. we'll discuss the sandy hook massacre and the meaning of christmas. with pastor rick warren. >>> plus, a change at the state department. as the benghazi report is finally released. we'll ask our sunday panel about the nomination of john kerry to replace hillary clinton. and, where the investigation of a terror attack that killed four americans goes now. and, our power player of the week, continues in holiday tradition, to show respect for veterans. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and hello, again from fox news in washington. at christmas, people who arnauty get coal in their stock and if the
to wondered $50,000. investigators say the fire was accidental. >> america may be going over the fiscal cliff. that prediction from the senate majority leader today after u.s. senators and president obama cut their vacation sure to return to washington. but there is no deal yet and there's a lot of criticism of house members who are still at home, at least until sunday night. jennifer jackson has the latest. >> the senate is back to work as the clock ticks and america gets closer to going over the fiscal cliff. president obama has also returned to washington. house members are still home for the holidays peeping >> i cannot imagine their consciences, wherever they are around the country. we are trying to get something done. >> harry reid is blaming house speaker john boehner for the stalemate and predicts new deal will happen before the end of the year. house republicans have rejected any compromise where the wealthiest americans no longer get a tax cut. others are still optimistic. >> these deals come together at the last minute. to paraphrase ronald reagan, there has got to be a pony here s
to the fiscal cliff, and that has some folks in washington speculating this afternoon's meeting in the white house is nothing but show. the one senior democrat says it is a serious effort. >> well, this is not for show, but a last ditch effort by the president to bring the congressional leaders together to try to get at least a small package, small deal together before the new year to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff and the deal with some of the unemployment issues. >> now, that deal, the small deal that the congressman is talking about, speculation perhaps that includes a tax rate tax increase for families earning $500,000 a year, mid way point almost between what democrats and republicans had in the opening offer. perhaps up employment extension and other spending to get through the new year, and congress can, yes, kick the can to next year and figure it out, maybe, next year. back to you. dagen: maybe. rich, thank you so much. great to see you. bringing in former democratic senator of north dakota, in washington, d.c.. senator, great to see you. >> good to be here. dagen:
about syria amid the fiscal cliff crazinesc. there's a great report today in "the washington post." >> i'll make a local plug for food and friends, food to shut-ins all year around and everybody in the audience, charities need help, not just at the holidays. >> absolutely. 110% behind you, especially that. hunger still a big, big issue in the d.c. region. we'll see you right back here tomorrow morning. i'll be back with you because chuck is resting that elbow. threw a lot of innings in 2012. coming up, chris jansing and company and 1:00 p.m. all luke all day on msnbc. take care. i love the holidays. and with my bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i love 'em even more. i earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpkin pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as... -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. till you finish your vegetables. [ clo
leaving his vacation in hawaii. he has important talks scheduled to avert the fiscal cliff. >>> as we showed you, the senate is back in session. they are hoping to strike a deal and avoid the fiscal cliff. we are in washington where some republicans are pessimistic an agreement can be reached. >> reporter: the senate majority leader is on the floor right now. we will take a live look at the capitol. he is trying to get republican support for the latest democratic plan. they got back to work about 15 minutes ago and are considering the president's offer to raise taxes on households making $400,000 or more a year. even if it passes the senate he is concerned about the house where he will need about 30 republicans to cross party lines. the house speaker said he is not making members of the house come back from their break without a 48 hour notice on a vote. in the last -- >> american people i don't think understand the house is operating without the house of house. its being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> reporter: on top of this the treasurey department said the unite
a deal on the fiscal cliff. however, chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us that washington may have to set with a backup plan to the backup plan. >> christmas tradition for president obama. he and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the power to come together and make a difference in every season of the year." the president and speaker john boehner have not spoken in nearly a week. when the house republicans convene conference call today, all
. the president is cutting his vacation short to face the fiscal cliff. is he leaving hawaii for washington tonight. if lawmakers don't come up with a deal before the deadline your tax refund could be delayed by months. we are live in the washington bureau to explain more. >> reporter: brian the irs said without a deal as many as 100 million taxpayers may be forced to wait until march to file their tax returns. congress has to vote on the wealth tax and it needs to be adjusted for inflation. both partisay they would agree to it but it's all tied up in the fiscal cliff mess. tax filing season starts next week but the irs would put a hold on that for some. officials would wait for a deal in the new year instead of doing serious reprogramming to their tax system. filing would then be pushed back to march for millions. with refunds coming much later than usual. especially for those who plan on paying off credit card bills that often pile up after the holidays. now all of this could be avoided a deal before the deadline monday night but some long time lawmakers fear it won't happen, more on that
. that is the last day of fiscal cliff talks. the president departed hawaii to return to washington, where it is not just the temperature that is chillier. talks cooled over the holidays over how to avoid the massive tax hikes. they are set to begin in just a few days. >> taxes are going to go up no matter what. they could go up a lot more, and that is where the political hit comes. >> house republicans point the finger at the other chamber, saying the senate must act on a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. a spokesman for harry reid some are blaming the gop for the holdup. no further legislation can move unless republicans drop their knee-jerk obstructionism. if the country falls off the fiscal cliff, it may feel gradual at first, except on wall street. >> the reaction from the financial markets and the stock markets -- you could see something quick. >> a top ceo is hoping to jolt them into action. he wants employees to write " come together" on the coffee cups. >> i am maintaining my optimism that we will see the republicans and administration come together and do what is right for the coun
the fiscal cliff in washington d.c. how many affect does that really have on consumers during the holiday season? >> i'm surprised it hasn't had more of an affect. we're really only starting to see it seep into consumer thinking, i think, in the last few days, and to hear that washington has basically left town. it looks very dire for some kind of big deal, and, yet, holiday spending seems to be holding up so far. i mean, anecdotally is t seems to be holding up anyway. we won't know for sure until after the holidays. they seem to be saying, yeah, we know there's some problem in washington, but it's almost as if they're tuning it out and saying we're just going to get along with our holiday. >> as we wait to find the final analysis of what this holiday season really meant, we can talk about the marketses and what we're witnessing there because they were down on friday tumbling about 1% after the republican plan b failed to really get any liftoff and get off the ground. as you say, washington basically shutting down for the holiday. are we many for some truly volatile days? for the first qu
to stop. >> in washington, i'm stacy cohan. >> uncertainty over the fiscal cliff is having a ripple effect from washington to wall street. u.s. stocks ended the session on friday in the red for the fifth straight day. a triple digit loss for the dow which tumbled 158 points, the nasdaq lost almost 26 points. the s&p 500 shed almost 16 points. and the gridlock in washington could help the current congress make history as the most unproductive ever. it's amazing. a review by the huffington post shows 219 bills have been passed this session, that's compared to 383 bills passed by the previous congress, and 460 by the group before that. now, to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama over the next few days. something tells me they're not going to be able to do that. but there is one thing the senate has been able to agree on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote, the chamber passed the measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process has to start all over aga
-- if not resolving the fiscal cliff, at least trying to avoid the blame. darren gersh, nbr, washington. >> susie: going over the fiscal cliff will not only have an impact on the national level, it will also hit states and eventually cities. if lawmakers fail to reach a deal before january 1, the cliff's across the board spending cuts and tax increases will impact how much money states get from the federal government. ruben ramirez reports from washington. >> reporter: we all know the numbers. failing to reach a deal by january 1 will result in $109 billion in automatic cuts to federal spending. and while that's a big number, what matters most to states and municipalities is the small print, detailing just where those cuts will happen. and standard & poors' gabe pettek says those details could still be months away. >> even if the policymakers in washington, d.c., resolve the immediate issue before january 1 or shortly thereafter, we think there are going to be several details related to the administration of tax policy and the way the federal government spends money that will have an important ef
will discuss the looming fiscal cliff tomorrow at the white house. elizabeth corridan has more. as the countdown to the deadline creeps closer. >> this washington it was an ominous, stone. with five days and counting until the u.s. economy will go over the fiscal cliff. >> this year, the american people are not waiting for the ball to drop. it is not going to be good. >> reporter: with no deal spending will be slashed and taxes will go of it could spark another recession. with this deadline approaching president obama and the senate will return and speak on sunday. >> certainly there is still time. >> reporter: point is still texas the want to extend the bush assured taxes except for the time making to water vicki thousand dollars per year ordered the sticking- point is still boyish-direct taxe bush-era of texas taxes >> and. nobody wants. to really work they just want to play the name game. >> putting over the edge that the scenario is allowing tax increases to take effect and on january 3rd, the lawmakers are going to be able to cut taxes. elisabeth corridon.. awarding. >> bo
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return to washington. maybe, allen, just maybe, some resolution of fiscal cliff talks about the end of the week? >> well, just maybe. the trouble is, they look pretty entrenched right now. i think for some ways for the market perspective, that's going to be what we want. but i would say we're beginning to price in the possibility. >> that it doesn't happen, yeah. continuing with the region, the south korean government is forecasting a mild recovery next year. the finance ministry has set a growth target of % for 2013. that compares to the bank's earlier projection of 3.2%. the central bank has now to continue supporting growth. both of these statements were pushing the won higher. you can see the dollar/won trazing down about 0.5% today. >>> a slowdown in the country of china is proving to be short lived. power generation and food processing firms are leading the recovery. >>> and germany's latest exports seems to be recession proof. it's a tradition dating back to the middle ages, but germany's christmas markets are more popular than ever. nbc's andy eckh artson sends this report.
as the fiscal cliff deadline loomed, january first. it would mean more than $600 billion in across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. >> come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed. >> warner: this morning, the senate's democratic majority leader, harry reid, was blunt about chances for a deal. and he blamed house speaker john boehner. just before christmas, boehner floated his so-called "plan b"-- letting taxes rise on millionaires. but faced with opposition in republican ranks, he pulled it, and sent the house home for the holiday. reid charged today politics explained why the speaker had not yet called the house back. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing. it's obvious what's going on. he's waiting until january 3 to get reelected to speaker before he gets serious about negotiations. >> warner: a boenhner spokesman shot back, "harry reid should talk less and legislate more." but late today,
. >> thank you. >>> there's more urgency in washington to get a deal done before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline less than a week from now. senate majority leader harry reid was reportedly at the capital on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying j
a red eye trip to washington. with the fiscal cliff deadline less than a week away. what it all means for your paycheck. >> reporter: as the president wrapped up his vacation, federal workers trickled back into the nation's capitol. but the only people who can avert the fiscal cliff, members of the house and senate, have not returned. in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush-era tax cuts, shrinking the average person's paycheck in 2013 by about $1500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire. and 110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense programs will start to kick in, forcing layoffs in the public sector and for some private sector government contractors. economists predict that if congress doesn't act, all those cuts and new taxes will push the economy back into a mild recession by mid 2013. the impact of some of these new cuts and taxes wouldn't be felt immediately on january 1. that's because the irs and other agencies didn't expect it to come to this. so it could be a few w
obama has cut short his christmas holiday and is on his way back to washington for the fiscal cliff talks. without a deal, budget cuts and tax rises will automatically start on january 1. a senior congressional reporter with the american news service "politico," says while he is doubtful they will strike a deal before next year, obama and democrats have the upper hand. >> they know that the polls are on their side, that a majority of americans would blame the republicans for the failure, and they know that -- they say president obama was just reelected on a mandate to raise taxes on the stockton% of income earners and the republican party is dead set against tax increases. -- on the top 2% of incoming earners. he wants to raise taxes on folks making more than a million dollars, but that was not enough for democrats and that was too much for lot of republicans. the republicans in the house are the ones who endangered the speaker's efforts to cut a compromise deal. the democrats know that they are the ones that have the upper hand in the fight and if we go into the new year, a new con
-down bill on the so-called fiscal cliff. the president and lawmakers left washington for the holidays but leaders from both sides plan to return after christmas to try to hammer out a deal that avoids tax hikes for millions of americans. a former u.s. marine is out of a mexican prison today. john hammer spent more than four months locked up, sometimes chained to a bed on questionable gun charges. hammer was on his way to costa rica to go surfing when he was arrested back in august. mexican authorities say the antique gun in his vehicle sly vooi lated their gun laws. he was freed after u.s. officials intervened. >>> a bombing in syria killed five people today. the car bomb exploded in damascus. a neighborhood there this time. no one has claimed responsibility. the syrian state tv is calling the bombing a terrorist explosion. >>> and here's what's trending right now on the web. facebook has a new app that expands the poke. it allows you to send a short message, snap picture or even a ten-second video. but it's once and a done thing. neither sender nor retriever can retrieve it, perfect
off the fiscal cliff. president is flying back to washington tonight unconcern what kind of deal making possibles he will find when we will come back. nor is it clear what kind of deal if any they are will are have to vote on. a lot of digging tonight for dcc's dana bash. >> how likely are we to see a vote and time to avoid going over the cliff? >> it is in part the reason why housep republicans didn't make a decision to bring the house back. at this point what they are trying to figure out is whether or not they can find enough republican ares to cross party lines for what the president proposed before he went to who why. focusing on what he campaigned on. it is a big ask to get ten sep at republicans to ask them to cross over. >> so what more do we know then. it is still being crafted and that is the dance that is being down. what do democrats have to put into this. is there anything that they can do? voting for the president's plan would ace taxes. perhaps democrats think if they can add the extension of the state tax cut. that is part of the negotiation that is going to go on
. >>> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. the deadline is only six days away. the president plans to leave hawaii today and head back to washington to meet with lawmakers. where heed he and his wife, michelle, spent christmas visiting u.s. troops and their families in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say
heading back to washington to head off the fiscal cliff. but he's also got some second term appointments on his agenda. one being the next secretary of defense. did you expect to see chuck hagel of all people so embattled from both sides? >> well, yes, sort of. yourn, you know that john mccain hates the guy. you know, he -- and he didn't create a lot of friends toward the end of his time and throughout most of his time as a senator. because he didn't really tow the party line on policy. he broke with republicans on the iraq war. and so he oftentimes would give democrats a way of saying what they were doing was bipartisan and then had the sheen of the veblt of a guy like hagel so it's this guy that's been a thorn in their side the whole time. now here he is he might be elevated to secretary of defense. and you could see that's going to bother the same types of people that seem to be bothered by every other person that's floated by obama. and that's mccain and graham and those fellas. >> but we've heard about this mccain not liking or hating chuck hagel. what's that about? what's their his
can't hide from the impending cliff of doom. despite what steve might tell you watching fiscal cliff nonsense in washington can make you feel powerless. our next guest is here with the tips on how to make -- take some of you power back. joining us is rick newman, chief business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report" and author of "rebounders." so tell us, what can the average person do to sort of thwart against the realities of the fiscal cliff? >> my first tip is just relax. it's not going to be armageddon right off the bat. i mean, it is worth pointing out we hear the humongous figures like $500 billion in tax increases and stuff like that. most of those will not affect people until it's time to fill out the tax returns and won't happen until 2014. say the tax rates go up, the government is not going to automatically withhold more money from the paycheck and the tax rates can be in effect for most of the year. we hope they're not but congress could rescind them toward the end of the year and one thing to affect you is the payroll tax cut, two percentage points and spoebed to
left to act to avoid a plunge over the fiscal cliff, the president and congress have left washington for the holidays leaving the clock ticking down to an across-the-board tax increase for most americans. ten days is enough time to make a deal if republicans and democrats each decide to give some more ground. but tonight there are no such signs. that leaves millions of holiday shoppers tonight spending money against a paycheck that may soon get noticeably smaller. we'll dig down on how this could affect your bottom line. but first, let's find out where negotiations stand. nbc's kristen welker is traveling with the president in honolulu. hello, kristen. >> reporter: lester, good evening. president obama played a round of golf this afternoon but white house officials say this is also a working vacation for him and for his staffers. that is little comfort for the millions of americans wondering what the uncertainty in washington means for them. president obama arriving in hawaii after leaving a washington in disarray. while the president put politics aside for his weekly address -- >> m
. >>> and now to the efforts to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama returns to washington later today and the senate is due in session, but just about everyone agrees with just five days left, the possibility for a grand bargain to avoid across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts is all but lost, and even prospects for watered down deals seems slim. tara mergener is in washington with more. tara, good morning. >> good morning, duarte. yes. hopes for legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff now turns to the senate, but white house and republicans remain far apart. senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year, and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short-term spending cuts until a bigger deal can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everythi
could be affected.  . >>> well, as the fiscal cliff looms, taxpayers are understandably keeping a close eye here in washington and others on their pocketbook across the country. many people believe that taxes are going to go up once the fiscal cliff is solved and how will the average american be affected by this? joining us now is gordon burnhart, a certified public accountant with burnhart wealth management. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, tom, how are you. >> so much of the uncertainty we heard from president leaves you to wonder what is the assessing in planning when you don't know about that in. >> and that is why that is important to plan. we have seen so much happen and people need to make sure they set aside the cash reserves and there is a lot of planning opportunities and investors need to work with an advisor to make sure that all of those unforseen things are addressed so they can help, again, protect families. >> and there is only three days left, two days weekend days. are there things folks can do as we head toward the deadline to protect themes in yo there are a
all of them in washington, are painted into a corner now with all the talk about the fiscal cliff? >> no. >> and the fears if we go over it, they have to do something, don't you think? >> no, i actually don't think they will. zach and i agree this is not the best way to take 7.3 million. the only reason i picked them is because they are the only none partisan group. where we disagree is i don't think it makes sense. they will do something good for the democrats, good for the republicans and not so good for the country. if they come to a deal they will cut half the amount of money and half again of that will be nothing and fake accounting. it will be a deal that's great for politics and lousy for the -- >> they are at a point -- >> never have to doing is until we're broke. >> some are saying the president wants to go over in order to gain more leverage and blame the gone. do you think he'll actually obstruct? >> i don't think he'll obstruct but i don't think the republicans will make that kind of a deal. i think it's a good idea for us to go over, if for no other reason to get more
that try to ban guns. >> the current battle in washington has to do with the fiscal cliff. two senior senators took to the airwaves today to discuss what happens next. democrat chuck schumer and suggested republicans needed to work on a partisan solution and accept the reality of tax increases. republican senator lindsey graham says he does not expect a big deal until the next round of debt ceiling talks. >> our republican colleagues, by refusing to go along with revenues, are risking the fiscal cliff. >> there will not be a big deal. the chance for a big deal is with the debt ceiling. that is one of will have leverage to turn the country around. >> president obama urged congress to get a deal done when they returned from christmas break. president obama was among the dignitaries that attended the memorial service for the senator. the world war ii was the first japanese-american elected to both houses of congress, serving hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital.
called fiscal cliff arrives. both sides trading blame today. >> also here, big change coming from people who park in san francisco. you can tell you won't like the news. >> if you're looking to buy a new car, now is a great time. i'll tell you why you n >>> another day closer to falling off the fiscal cliff. and from all appearances no compromise is in sight. today, the president returned to washington. he's sending lawmakers a scaled down plan to avoid that fiscal cliff. abc 7 mark matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing blame on him. >> we're here in washington working. wile members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and baseball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping
is asking santa for a fiscal cliff feel. both sides come back to work on thursday. peter barnes is in washington. how likely that we get a deal done? peter: the speaker and the president have not spoken since friday. right now, all eyes are on the senate. the president proposed a limited patch that would a void the cliff after speaker boehner scuffled his plan be. staff discussions continue between the administration and the hill. we have not heard of any breakthroughs at this point. democrats extended tax breaks for families taking under $250,000. that would cost $157. it also approved taxing $92 billion. mitch mcconnell is critical to hammer out a deal in the senate because he can filibuster anything. his spokesman said "nothing new to report. we do not know yet what senator reed plans to bring to the senate for a vote." >> if you want leaders, then, you have to lead. the president has been a pathetic leader. i would vote for revenues, including tax rate hikes even though i do not like them to save the country from becoming greece. i will not set aside the $1.2 trillion in cut
on the fiscal cliff so we've got chris wallace because he's watching everything coming out of washington and we'll keep you up-to-date on the changes. >> dave: right, 'cause the senate should convene at one o'clock and the house is get to convene. we'll get some leaking details of some sort of plan. >> juliet: and celebrity meltdowns, the top ones. did clayton make the list? should this one make the list? >> days left and maybe i can meltdown. >> dave: join us on the after the show show. >> they're still scrambling and we're all still waiting. wh but would no deal be better for the fiscal economy than a rushed deal. brenda buttner, bulls and bears. gary b smith, tobin smith. jonas max ferris. a no deal better than a bad deal. >> it would create more uncertainty or one of the deals they're talking about, which is raising taxes and now, and they trust us, we'll get to the spending cuts later on, let's not worry about that right now. the last thing we want to see is a weak-need congress and a weak-willed president patting themselves on the back because they have some watered down deal. i think the
on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the nato base in kabul, sang some carols, then enjoyed a holiday dinner. >>> and coming up on the "morning news," he may be messy funny, jack klugman from "the odd couple "has died. a look back at his remarkable career. [ female announcer ] introducing u the latest coffee machine from nespresso. modular. intuitive. combines espresso and fresh milk. the new u. nespresso. what else? available at these fine retailers. >>> firefighters in california battled a raging river yesterday to rescue a homeless man. he was living on an island in the los angeles river and got into trouble after a fast-moving storm tore through the area. rescuers used an inflatable boat to reach the island and tossed ropes to the man which he tied around a tree. the man was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. >>> former president george h.w. bush is s
for nasdaq, waiting for a fiscal cliff negotiations in washington. marvel seeking to overturn a jury's patent infringement findings, you can see the stock continuing to move to the downside u stocks moving on the back of a holiday e-retail satisfaction index, a survey compiling -- a servais compiled between thanksgiving and christmas. amazon on top of the online shopping satisfaction survey you eighth consecutive year, however, customer satisfaction with apple's online store slipping three points this year, apple's lowest score in four years. speak of am, mobile wars heating up, nokia in the news. according to "wall street journal," the lumia phones sold at a discount or pro-sfrird free at some mobile carriers, seeing the stock lower on the day. look at research in motion after the being the best performing stock on the nasdaq 100 yesterday. carl? >> seem marks thank you very much for that seema mody at the nasdaq. >>> shift to bonds and the dollar, rick santelli at the cme in chicago. i did not see your hit on "squawk" but it became legendary on twitter. what happened? >> sometimes you reach
, sir. >> good to see you. >> the fiscal cliff, many people are back in washington. should the american people be angry at the processor is this how the legislative sausage is made and we should be more patient. >> i'm a little aeneid because i was here last week and we did nothing all week long. if the democrats have a proposal, why don't they put a proposal forward and see if the republicans can agree to t but they need to be part of the process and so far i haven't seen much give on the part of the democrats. >> the senate majority leader harry reid said the house is acting with the dictatorship of the speaker. he has a different view. >> i'm not sure what that means necessarily. but i do know that the tax rates are going to expire. one of my favorite analogies and everyone said it's like 100 people are drowning and you are going to save 98 of them by only protecting them from a tax increase, 98%. and and my question is they are all drowning, right? which means raising taxes is a bad thing for everyone. why would we not save two? we would drowning be our policy? who would be in favor
the task in reaching an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. >> barrasso said president obama is eager to go over the fiscal cliff. senator barrasso joins us. well, why do you say that? >> well, i think the president sees political victory at the bottom of the cliff in term of the increased tax money coming in that he can spend for other programs. i think he sees a lot the military which the democrats have been after for a long time and then he gets to do what he loves to do, is to blame republicans. my concern is that i actually see financial problems for our nation at the bottom of the cliff and that's why i want to get a solution. >> tomorrow do you think it's going to be the beginning of the emergency meeting at the white house, is it the beginning of a deal or is it a political drama? >> my concern is it may be a political charade by the president and harry reid and nancy pelosi. i hope it actually is the beginning of a deal because if we don't get it done now, we need to go and make sure that things get done so we don't raise taxes and taxes aren't raised for all these americans
ticks toward the fiscal cliff. nancy cordes is with the president in honolulu. nancy? >> reporter: jim, the president is trading the sand for snowy washington. he'll be back in the nation's capital by mid-morning tomorrow, and most of the u.s. senate will be attempting to get back there by then, as well. but house leaders have not given their members the signal to return to washington and say they won't until the u.s. senate passes a bill to avert the fiscal cliff. as the president wrapped up his vacation, federal workers trickled back into the nation's capital. but the only people who can avert the fiscal cliff, members of the house and senate, have not returned, and, in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush era tax cuts, shrinking the average workers' paycheck in 2013 by about $1,500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire, and $110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense programs will start to kick in, forcing layoffs in the public sector and for some private sector government
on the fiscal cliff and what it could moon for your pay, we got you covered. just head to our home page for a breakdown of different scenarios in washington, what it could moan for your money. for more on the fiscal cliff and a heated debate, check out an all brand-new episode of square off. the round table discussion airs right here on abc2 at 11 on sunday morning. >>> continuing coverage in the planned port strike. dock workers have been working on an expired contract. today the u.s. marry time alines and the long shoring association have agreed to a 30 day extension allowing for more time to negotiate a new deal. a major sticking point will have to be cleared up by january 28. it involves royalty payments for members based on each container they unload. >>> an early morning shootout at a new jersey police headquarters left three officers with wounds. >> how the suspect managed to get one of the officer's weapons. >> reporter: police raced to headquarters about 5:30 this morning responding to reports of gunfire. a man was brought into the station on domestic violence charges. >> the s
for negotiations and a vote to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. today, the president will meet with several congressional leaders at the white house to try to work out a deal. jennifer johnson has the latest. >> midafternoon. people in washington are now talking about a smaller deal getting done to try to prevent american from going over the fiscal cliff, but that deal will only be a temporary fix. all the major players are expected at the white house. senate leaders harry reid and its mcconnell, house leaders john boehner and nancy pelosi. it was a done with vice- president joe biden and president obama to work on a short time fixed for the crisis. >> i hope there is a deal that avoid the worst parts of the fiscal cliff, mainly taxes going up and middle-class people. i think the odds are better than they could be that people think. >> the agreement would include not only an extension of middle- class tax cuts but would also extend unemployment benefits for millions. >> tax increases need to be avoided, they can be. in the end, we will get a deal. the question is the timing. it is encouragi
in washington this afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. they only have four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go over the so- called fiscal cliff. that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts would take effect. reaching a deal before then what be easy. right now both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we in washington are working while the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming against a hard deadline here. i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston with a stubborn fever. the family is, that he will be out of the i see you sound. the chief of staff said sup
return to washington day with just five days left to avert the fiscal cliff. all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it is up to senate leadership to reach a deal. daniel lee reports on the scramble to come together fast. >> president obama landing in washington late this morning. the senator replacing senator daniel in a way -- daniel in no way rode with him on air force one. >> i do not see how you can have a grand bargain involving tax reform entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> even starbucks is getting involved, right in "come together" on its cups. speaker john boehner is sitting the route out after failing to get house republicans to support his own plan. >> i think john boehner is being controlled, unfortunately, by the right wing. >> that leaves it up to majority leader harry ring in the red -- harry reid in the rest of the senate to find a solution. harry reid's plan will avoid tax creases for -- tax increases for people making too large and $50,000. >> you will see a two-step process here, one with the media dynamic so you can set
in days. >> washington remains in the same fiscal cliff clitalks. >> reporter: senator leader harry reid and john boehner are both frosty saying it's in the other guy's court saying to avert the largest tax hike in history and reid saying it's time for house republicans to put middle class families first. >> if we go past no deal, the markets are likely to decline in a significant way and involve most americans and they don't want to have themselves blamed for that. >> reporter: already stocks have dropped three days in a row over fiscal cliff fears. from wall street to main street, it is building. >> both parties to are to blame if they don't come up with something. >> we are really in what amounts to a fiscally irresponsible position trying to please everyone and please no one at all. >> reporter: even starbucks tries to hand out advice writing "come together" on every cup. >> reporter: washington could use a warm cup of coffee on a morning like this. complica complicating conversations going forward. treasury secretary, timothy geithner says on the 31st, the u.s. will hit the credit c
to washington to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> deep discounts. if you're not sick of the mall just yet, you're going to find sales today. >>> and the holiday homecoming. one family never imagined was possible. how a chance encounter by a caring stranger put a pup back in the arms of the little girl who loves her. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm muhammad lila. >> and i'm brandi hitt. paula and rob are off this morning. travel could be a challenge across much of the country. tornadoes, rain, snow, even a blizzard are all a threat. >> they are picking up the piece of a series of storms turned deadly. wendy gillette is joining us with more now. wendy? >> reporter: muhammad and brandi, we may dream of a white christmas. and many of us got one. but these storms also delivered a deadly punch, all across the country. >> oh, jesus. look at that tornado. >> reporter: this is just 1 of more than 30 reported tornadoes that touched down on christmas day, leaving behind heavy damage. >> still on the ground for over a minute. >> reporter: this one roared through mobile, alabama, tearing down parts of trin
down for christmas but the clock hasn't stopped and fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up. joan boehner pulled plug on the plan "b" and he says it is now up to the president and g.o.p. is continuing to hammer away at president obama. >> this is the year size of our debt surpassed the our economy. a grim milestone if we don't come to grips to w it. the president's plan to raise tax rates ko could still be as far as eye could see. >> reporter: president obama will return after christmas and work on fiscal issues. he believes a comprehensive deal could be reached but he seems to be acknowledging for scaled back plan for cutting taxes on the middle-class. >> even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agree that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans which includes 97% of small business. >> reporter: president said the middle-class tax cuts achievable in the next ten days and he wants to preserve unem
by an economic stalemate in washington? >> i don't think our consumers are concerned about the fiscal cliff. they just want to buy. >> reporter: that goes for the higher end luxury cars like this 2013 bently continental. high end cars will make up 16% of retail vehicles sold in december up from 15.3% last month. a year ago, it was 14.8%. so that's a little over 1% increase year to year. >> people are buying because we have lots of new models. >> reporter: luxury car sales are up around the holidays because that is when bosses get their bonuses. but dealers are reporting heavier increases in other types of cars. sales of light vehicles like suvs are expected to improof by more than 13% year to year. the american car market is on the path of finishing the year at the highest level since 2007 and is expected to grow more next year barring any detours becaused by the fiscal cliff. >>> newcomers who wish they were will get a chance. vintage license plates will be on sale. don ford has the latest. >> reporter: california is clearly the car capital of the country and if you crave the classics, the
reached to avert sought called fiscal cliff, he would be coming back to washington after christmas. >> so where did that leave things terms of the fiscal cliff? here's l jonathan karl. >> congress not a creature is stirring. no deal is in sight. with deadline looming and seemingly no hope anywhere, the president made one last appeal tonight before washington goes on vacation. >> as we leave town for a few days to be with our families, through the holidays, everybody can cool off. everybody can tl drink some egg nog. now is not the time for more self inflicted wounds. certainly not those coming from washington. >>reporter: but the 2 sides don't even seem to be trying any more. what are we going to do now. >> i'm interested in solving the major problems that face our country. and that means house leaders senate leaders and the president are going to continue to have to work together to address those concerns. >>reporter: speaker boehner says the only way out is a deal that cuts spending and reforms the tax code but even he seemed to suggest that is virtually impossible now. >> how w
on the fiscal cliff, or can you believe these bozos in washington? >> the bozos in washington is what i'm more often asked about. what really bothers me is when you look at the fact that people that are depending on unemployment insurance and people worried about payroll taxes going up. everyone acts like that's not a big thing. there will not be an immediate impact. there will be some immediate impact for some people, which is why you have consumer confidence down. there are investors and people deeming with the debt start to see i increase my interest because these guys can't run a government, you're looking at going toward a recession where we're playing politics in washington. this is very serious. this is not just beltway rhetoric here. i think that people need to understand to the point of calling their congressional representative in outrage today saying, we should not be at this point. they're playing politics with the actual livelihood of families. this is not something that it will be all right a week or two or three or four. we start to go down that cliff, we don't know whether the
-done, bill. thanks. just ahead, with the country only three days away now from the edge of the fiscal cliff, we're going to tell you what it could mean for you and your wallet. >>> tonight in washington, the pressure is on, the clock is ticking, the countdown to the so called fiscal cliff hits the 72-hour mark in just a few minutes. while congress is hoping for a hail mary deal to avoid taking a plunge over the fiscal cliff, most americans are wondering what is wrong with these people, and how exactly social security going to affect them. so, we went ahead and crunched the numbers for you. there they were again. hour nation's leaders trooping into the white house one more time. and afterwards, the president. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. >> you've heard that before. but today on the brink of the fiscal cliff, a glimmer of -- well, something. >> i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> but don't hold your breath. there is deep skepticism in washington that the leadership of our country will get its act together on
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. >> lawmakers return to washington. we teeter on the edge of the fiscal cliff. what going over sit going to koflt you. >>> we have late word from washington on whether heroes of the first gulf war, commander of the international coalition that drove iraqi forces out of kuwait under the first president bush has died. he was 78 years old. he died in tampa, florida where he retired after serving as commander in chief of the u.s. central kmanld. he was a decorated combat soldier in vietnam. and u.s. officials confirmed the death but did not say how he died. >> people across the mid west are digging out from a giant winter storm that forecasters are warning there are more storms on the way. most occurred on roadways from nebraska to ohio. the storm dumped record snowfall in parts of the mid west, causing record cold throughout the south. travelers advised to expect delays returning home from the holidays. nearly 3,000 flights have been cancelled and 600 cancelled just today n new york one flight skidded off the runway. im 20s far below normal making recovery efforts difficult for victims of t
about the fiscal cliff problem as well as members of congress return to washington to address the fiscal cliff. talks will take place behind closed doors. no public negotiations set. you have the debt and the fiscal cliff. it's not looking too good right now when it comes to the u.s. economy. >> geithner told congressional leaders that his department is using some accounting measures basically a fancy way of saying they're going to try to free up some cash to hold off, temporarily, this fiscal cliff. but it's still not looking good. >> i don't know about you at home, but kicking the can down the road, this has been happening over and over again. somebody has to make some decisions here. >> it's like in this business, they give you a deadline and you have to hit the deadline. there's no coming in and saying take another ten minutes. it don't work that way in real life. there are americans out there saying, get off your couches, get back to washington, and get the deal done. >> sometimes it's not pretty you when you have to rush, but, hey, get it done. >>> still on the economy now, new sig
force a compmise, but it hasn't. >> washington remains on square one in the fiscal cliff talks. >> reporter: congress reached this brink before christmas when speaker john boehner failed to get enough house republicans to support his solution, threw up his hands and said it's up to leader reid and the president. >> how we get there, god only knows. >> reporter: aides say reid's plan would avoid tax increases for people making less than $250,000, eliminate spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> what needs to happen now is for a sense of desperation among lawmakers to kick in and realize that if we go past january 1st with no deal, the markets are likely to decline in a significant way and alarm most americans. they don't want to have themselves blamed for that. >> reporter: meanwhile, public pressure is mounting. countdown clocks are springing up, and today starbucks asked employees to begin writing "come together" on coffee cups. now, speaker boehner has not yet called the house back into session. meanwhile, treasury secretary tim geithner told congressional leade
the bush tax cuts expire and the automatic spending cuts kick in. the dreaded fiscal cliff that will likely have a powerful impact on the economy can washington actually come to an agreement and what's going on behind the scenes? don peebles, chair monday and ceo of the peebles corporation, don was a leading fund-raiser for president obama. good to see you. >> thank you. >> a lot of drama happening in washington. let's talk about the fiscal cliff. what's your take on how this plays out? now with just a few days left in the year to get this deal done. >> i don't think they're going to come back after christmas. i think that we will see them back in early january to make a compromise. i think that comp promise is gog be in between where the president is and where the speaker is. >> you say we go off the fiscal cliff then? >> yes, do. >> do you think we will see the economy hit recession? that was the expectation, right? >> no. that is the expectation but i don't think so. i think there's been a lot of drama, especially on the tax increase side. the tax increase side is do symbolic. at the end
away from the "fiscal cliff." he took the red eye from hawaii overnight. senators are set to work today on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital with a fever and cough. mr. bush was admitted to the hospital more than a month
the fiscal cliff. how the crisis in washington could end up making new prices double in the next few week. >> wild scene. shark tank burst sending fish flying and shoppers into a panic. we let you know what led up to the you know what led up to the accident and what happened >> one of the hero of the first if you feel war operation desert storm has died. general norman schwartskopf commander of the international coalition that drove iraqi forces out of kuwait unthe president president bush has died. chuck takes a look back. nishtion 1 1990 norman was a little known u.s. army general looking ahead to retime. then iraq dictator hussein invaded neighboring kuwait and storming norman was a household name. he turned into the face of the u.s. led counter attack. called operation desert storm to evict iraqi invaders. >> impossible to say how long it will take. let me put it this way it's going to take as long as it takes for the iraqi to get out of the kuwait and united nations resolution to be enforced. >>reporter: 6 week campaign of bomb boardment routing iraqi in 100 hours. >> now i
hawaii. five days until we fall off the fiscal cliff. the president returning to washington to try to negotiate things there. doug luzader is life with the president's plans and what could happen if a deal isn't reached in time. >> the president is in the air on board air force one heading back from hawaii. he is going to come back from washington where not much has changed. as far as congress is concerned the senate will be meeting today. interesting little tidbit this is the first time since 19170 there have been legislative business conducted in the weeks of between christmas and new years. we will see some activity on hap t capitol hill. there may be a stopgap measure to try to prevent the calamity that happens at the end of the year if we reach the fiscal cliff. if we do not have some kind of a compromise. here's what's going to happen. just about everybody is going to have a tax increase. the number goes up significantly with incomes. if you are talking 200 to 500,000 in income almost 14,000 dollars in tax hikes. the wealthiest americans people that make a million dollars or
difference. we begin with where things stand on the fiscal cliff. david corn is the washington bureau chief for mother jones magazine and msnbc contributor, jared bernstein was chief economic adviser to vice president biden. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployed for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. once this legislation's agreed to, i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. >> jared bernstein, is this actually a setback for the president insofar as the embarrassed speaker was someone at least with whom he was dealing and now the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i don't think so. i do think in a way it's a setback
meet with leaders tomorrow as the clock ticks towards the fiscal cliff. the president returned to washington, d.c. this morning. he was called to pass a scaled back agreement to keep taxes from going up. the senate went back into session today. leaders accused each other of standing in the way of a deal. >> you can't legislate with yourself. we have nobody to work with. compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> the house will convene on sunday. republicans already refused to take a vote on speaker of the house john speaker of the house john boehner's plan. with no deal in the works you are likely to see a smaller pay check. ktvu's consumer editor tom vacar joins us to detail what it will cost taxpayers. >> reporter: indeed, more than a cliff for some. >> reporter: for more and more americans, the fiscal cliff is being viewed as a failure of government. >> they are on vacation, doing whatever they are doing. they don't care. >> i just don't think they will ever come to an agreement. both parties are
also been at the hospital. >>> they are going to have high level talks regarding the fiscal cliff. here is more from washington d.c. >> reporter: senate for harry reid is trying to get republicans on board with the president's latest offer including raising taxes on those making 400,000 a year not 250,000. senator harry reid will pass this plan and does not want to put it to a vote unless he knows it will pass the housement they want to avoid fitting the call. house speaker john boehner held a meeting with fellow gop leaders and said he would give them 48 hours before calling them back from their holiday vacation meaning saturday is the earliest time a fiscal vote could take place on this deal. treasury secretary tim geithner said the united states will hit the debt ceiling on monday unless he takes extraordinary measures. they believe it could force congress to come up with a deal before monday's deadline but some republicans are not as optimistic. live in washington, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> they set $2 billion for unit who made her first court appearance. she was drunk when s
across the country. now, there are a lot of dumb things about this fiscal cliff time bomb that washington is about to set off, but this one right here, this may take the cake as the single stupidest thing we could possibly do in this economy. providing unemployment insurance to people without jobs in addition to being the right thing to do, it is crazy stimulative. it is stimulus on steroids. when you give people money to spend and they don't have a job, when they done have any other money coming in. you know what they do with that money? they spend it. they spend pretty much all of it. they spend it on gas, on groceries, on bills, on rent, on clothing for their children. that is real money, and it goes right back into the real economy, to be spend again. it is not like tax cuts, where a big chunk gets saved. this money gets spent and spent quick. it helps the economy. cutting that off, all at once, means you take that money out of an economy, just beginning to get back on its feet. earlier this year, the congressional budget office looked at the economic impact of unemployment insurance.
available to us, and while the leaders in washington do try to tackle the fiscal cliff, at least the democratic leader in the senate has no problem placing the blame on one particular person when it comes to not getting anything done. senate majority leader harry reid had this to say on the senate floor yesterday. >> months and months of talks between the president and boehner, both times boehner could not deliver because they refuse because of grover norquist to allow any tax revenues whatsoever. they cannot cross over the threshold that has been built by grover norquist. >> grover norquist joins us now exclusively here on cnbc. grover, we just heard you are the target of those comments, but did harry reid get it wrong, because i thought that your organization actually gave its blessing to boehner's plan "b." >> reid has it wrong on a number of levels. the first, of course, is that the pledge that many congressmen and senators have made to oppose tax increases is made to the people of their state, not to me. in fact, harry reid now has the republican senator joining him from nev
but shopping slowed closer to christmas as consumers kept an eye on washington's efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff. alexis christoforous, "cbs news," new york. >>> coming up on "cbs this morning," an update on your last-minute holiday travel and we'll get a live report from dallas-ft. worth airport. >>> plus, the nra is speaking out in the debate over the gun control. we'll hear from someone from nra >>> and from ""zero dark thirty"" to "lincoln, we'll look back at the best films of 2012. that's your "cbs morning news" on this monday. thanks for watching. i'm duarte geraldino, have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com december 24. i'm frank mallicoat. >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning. >>> hi, everyone, and good morning. >>> here's a check of your forecast. >> things beginning to settle down a little bit. not done with the showers yet. the rainfall will be on and off. hoping for a little more sun toward the afternoon and some drier weather on the way. >> and all that rain yesterday packed a punch on the roadways. we had a lot of flooding reports and some ro
of washington a resolution to the fiscal cliff was unlikely. but president obama returned early from vacation and is said to have a new proposal to offer congress, sparking a rally that left the dow down just 19 points. reports are swirling apple is moving production of its mac mini computers to foxconn plants in the u.s. apple may also be working on a smart watch. and, the new york stock exchange landed the most ipo for 2012. larry levin of trading advantage joins us now. larry, it feels like we are already hanging off that cliff. > > it definitely feels that way. everybody is obviously watching for some kind of news out of washington. that is what has moved the market every day for the past couple of weeks. it will be no different today. so i absolutely agree with you. > should investors be concerned about the move in the volatility index yesterday? > > it was interesting to see that, and it is really something that at least active investors watch on a regular basis, so any time the vix moves, i think it is something to watch. > what do you anticipate for the friday trade? > > i certainly t
. >> happening now. we have been following the fiscal cliff talks in washington. if this is a live look from the senate floor. treasury secretary timothy diner has told congress the government is on track to hit is bowery limit on monday and that he'll take " extraordinary measures as authorized by law " to postpone a government default. republicans have not been part of the " fiscal cliff " discussions in recent days suggesting much still needs to be done if a deal is to be struck and passed through congress by the end of the year. >> sam garner stated that the government may go out of money on december 31st. he stated that the government may not have enough to spend for next month. >> approval ratings for president obama and his cabinet are mixed. a new poll shows 52 percent of people surveyed approved of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove. but as president joe biden's numbers are in line with the president. 54 percent approve of his job performance while 40 percent do not. first lady michelle obama has a 73 percent approval rating. all going secretary of state hillary
there is no such meeting and from boehner's people that they haven't been invited. welcome to washington. fiscal cliff negotiations as if to signify how america wants the parties to come together. starbucks barristas today are hand signing each of the coffee cup with the words "come together." anything will do at this point. bring in the panel. steve hayes for "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard, associate editor of the hill. sindcated columnist charles krauthammer. a.b., the res tent numbers-cruncher. what do you make of the back and forth today? >> today was about the drama on both sides and blame game and showing they were going to come and call e want to get down to business before december 31, which is monday. we're not, there are no plans. no paperwork. there are conflicting reports about the meeting. it's all kind of depressing. when you poke arp you find out that the house is returning on sunday. but beyond that, nobody knows anything. >> doug: steve? >> yeah. today, nothing happened other than people using warn-out talking points and a lot of misinformation. harry reid is still blaming grover no
market doesn't like washington's fiscal cliff fight. all three of the major indices closed lower today by nearly 1%. >>> our fourth story "outfront," a day of mourning. one week after 27 people were shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, communities across the nation paid tribute with a moment of silence. the tributes began at 9:30 this morning, the same time those first 911 calls came in to report the shooting last friday. firefighters stood solemnly in the rain as they paused to remember the 20 children and six adults who were gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. more than two dozen states had a moment of silence and lowered their flags to half staff. traders on the floor of the new york stock exchange stopped work for a minute before the opening bell. president obama paused to reflect in the oval office. [ bells tolling ] from washington, d.c. to miami to california, bells rang for each life lost at sandy hook elementary school. at the episcopal church in newtown, connecticut, the bell tolled 28 times. one time for each life lost, including the shooter's. as the people of
they get it done? and if they can't, where do we go from here. as the fiscal cliff looms overall in washington, what happened to the immigration debate we all expected after election day? and leading into this holiday weekend, thousands of flights being delayed, look at the list here as a winter storm hits the midwest, we will tell you what is ahead for the travel plans. we begin with the stalled fiscal cliff debate. president obama and his family are vacationing in hawaii and congress is on holiday recess. both sides are holding out hope that they will be able to reach a deal. >> this is something within our capacity to solve. it does not take this much work. we just have to do the right thing. >> of course, hope springs eternal and i know we have it in us to come together and do the right thing. >> listen to that, and it seems like they are both positive and feel something can get done. while both sides are away, the away and president in hawaii, can they get something done? >> reporter: well, look, richard, this will be a working vacation for president obama and i can also tel
the fiscal cliff but what about the dairy cliff. how washington gridlock could drive up the price of milk. >> protecting you from drunk drivers. >> but we need to do more to save lives. >> the device >>> federal tax cuts aren't all that's expiring on january 1st so is the farm bill. that means that milk prices could double. debora villalon is live to explain. >> reporter: this sunday sets you back $6, $12 probably too rich. this family with a sweet tooth is sour on the idea of higher milk prices. >> we go to about 2-gallons of milk a week. >> reporter: but if lawmakers don't extend the tax bill it reverts to 1949 law when the government not the market controlled prices and the dairy industry wasn't nearly as efficient as today. under those antiquated formulas a gallon of milk now under $4 most places could rise to $6 even $8 retail. >> you think about the fiscal cliff and they talk about, okay we're going to get a deal done and it might not be perfect. but you definitely don't expect the price of milk to double. >> the risk of this happening is quite slim. >> reporter: experts down play t
. washington did not get a fiscal cliff deal for christmas so that means president obama and lawmakers will need to kick it to overdrive to get something done by new year's. this is easier said than done. >> after weeks of bitterness, this is not a contest of the parties between who looks good and who doesn't. >> the only thing both sides agree on now is christmas may provide a cooling off period. >> ebb can drink eggnog. have christmas cookies. sing christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. >> hope springers eternal. >> when the christmas trees come down tomorrow from waikiki beach and elsewhere, the nation will be staring at the cliff that economists warned could spark a new recession. the fact is both sides are further apart than the holiday messages suggest. this puts the speaker in a box leading to collapse of plan "a" of $4 trillion debt deal and the slimmeded-down plan "b." >> in the course, i offered to compromise with republicans in congress. i met them halfway on taxes and more than halfway on spen spending. >> boehner is saying that the stumbling block will lead to taxe
and confetti on the 31st, folks in washington need to start making big decisions regarding that fiscal cliff. here's what will happen if no deal is reached. the economy could fall into a recession. that's been widely reported. the congressional budget office forecasts a drop of .5% in the real gross domestic product and a 9.1% unemployment rate by the end of next year. markets in the u.s. and around the world could take a hit. right now the dow is down almost 100 points. no santa clauz rally this year. managing director of the boston consulting group joins me from chicago. great to see you. happy holidays. let's talk about the effect on the economy. i think it's important to point out that it if no deal is reached by january 1st, some things will take effect right away. 2% increase in payroll taxes. no more unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. others will take a little longer to take effect. having said that, what will be the impact on the economy long-term, do you think? >> i think you have to look at this more than as a fiscal cliff but as a fiscal slide. what we're doing is we'r
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